Local History Photos of the Week May 18, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

Photo Group 1: Kids At Play

Photo A shows a group of school age children with pinwheels or bows on sticks – I can’t see which. Their clothing looks like it dates the photo to sometime in the first three decades of the twentieth century. What the occasion was remains a mystery – perhaps they were just having fun playing with pinwheels or bows on sticks!

Photo B shows another group of school children during, approximately, the same era. The children in this photo look like they might be at recess but is that a tuba in the right hand corner of the photo?

If you recognize where the photo was taken or when, not to mention if you recognize someone in the photo, please let us know!

Photo Group 2: Looking Down West Pulteney Street During The Flood of ’72

Photo A in this group features a shot taken during the Flood of 1972, looking eastward from the area where West Pulteney Street in Corning turns into High Street in Painted Post. You can see the old McDonalds at the top right hand corner of the photo.

Photo B in this group features a shot of that same, old, McDonalds from a different vantage point during the flood. If memory serves, that old McDonalds was demolished when they put a new section of highway through that area, and the new, and current McDonalds on that side of the Chemung River, which is located up High Street in Painted Post, was built. But when that happened is a question! If you can answer that question – let us know!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!


And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection!

Local History Mystery Photos November 7, 2015

Here’s another batch of local history mystery photos!

If you click on any of the photos you’ll get a larger view.

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Photo 1 is titled “Corning Home” and that title is literally the only description we have on record for this archival photo! So the question is the obvious one where is, or was as the case may be, this house located in Corning?

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Photo 2 is titled “Pine Street Bridge” and is more commonly known today as the Centerway Bridge or the Walking Bridge as one cannot drive a car over the bridge any loner.

Our local history mystery question for this photo is: When was it taken?

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Photo 3: is title “High Street” and features a view of  High Street, in Painted Post, looking eastward. The record for this photo indicates it was taken in 1921.

And our mystery question for this photo is: When was High Street paved?

Also feel free to share any stories you might have about living on High Street!

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Photo 4 is titled “Graduation Picture – CFA;” and shows the graduating class at Corning Free Academy in 1895!

Our obvious mystery question about this photo is: Does anyone know who any of the people in the photo are?

And just an curious aside, I wonder why only three young men graduated from C.F.A. in 1895? Perhaps the other boys were all helping out on family farms?

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And Photo 5 is titled “Grade 3 – School 3;” this photo was taken in 1916.

And our mystery questions for this photo are:

Where was this photo taken?


Does anyone recognize any of the kids in the photo?

And if  you know how many numbered schools there were in the City of Corning let the rest of  us know! I know only of schools, 1, 2 & 3; and I believe the Alternative School for Math and Science is housed, in part, is, I believe, old School ! and School 3, the one I believe we see a part of in the photo is on Chemung Street — but where was School 2?

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

And drop in and checkout the library’s Makerspace and Local History resources!